Match Report

SANFLW – Legs fall to Bloods in Preliminary Final

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West Adelaide booked a berth in the Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final after overpowering Norwood by 24 points in the SANFLW Preliminary decider at Coopers Stadium.

After bowing out in the penultimate match last season, the Bloods ensured they would go one step further in 2021 after booting five goals in succession to lead by a game-high 26 points at the final change.

Norwood’s Rosette Zerella turned sharply and kicked truly on the run for the first goal of the game in the second minute but from there, the visitors piled on the scoreboard pressure through Crows-listed Chelsea Biddell and First Semi-Final hero Mel Elsegood, who each kicked two goals.

The Redlegs on ball brigade struggled to get going which saw Norwood lose the clearances (23-30) and inside 50s (22-24).

Forward Erika Sporn did kick a goal in the final term from 35 metres, however it was the Bloods who were too good on the day.

Norwood was led by Tesharna Maher with 17 disposals and seven tackles while Jessica Macolino also battled hard to register seven tackles with her 14 possessions.

SCOREBOARD:

NORWOOD: 1.1 1.1 1.2 2.4 (16)

WEST ADELAIDE: 2.1 4.2 5.4 6.4 (40)

GOALS: R.Zerella, Sporn

BEST: T Maher, C. Nenke, A. Ferrall, M. Johnston, S. Armitstead, J. Macolino